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Hollis Hardware and Centerville Supermarket
Matt Hollis stared at the telephone number for Bill Harrington, the Supermart executive
who had called two days earlier. Supermart was coming to town and wanted Matt to play
a big part in the opening and management of a new local store.
For twenty-two years, Matt had owned and operated Hollis Hardware and Centerville
Supermarket, the collective offspring of a family business started one hundred years
earlier. He knew that if he accepted Supermart’s offer it would not only be the end of his
family business, but that also of a majority of the other proprietorships in town. The
economic consequences would be severely felt in a community long rooted in local
business and patronage. However, if he turned down Supermart, Matt knew he might
never fulfill the other Hollis family tradition dating back 100 years: providing a college
education to his children.
Would he fight to continue the legacy of the store that his great grandparents had started
100 years ago, or would he call Mr. Harrington to accept the offer? Matt knew either
choice had serious consequences for both his family and his community.
Matt Hollis, 48, was born and raised in Centerville, Kansas. Like the four generations
before him, he had lived in Centerville all his life. He and his wife, Sarah, had four
children, ages 14 to 20.
Matt’s great grandparents had opened the Centerville General Store in 1896. The store
had been handed down from generation to generation, and Matt had taken it over twentytwo years ago. Although it had always provided a good source of income for the Hollis
family, over the past decade profits had slowly declined as a result of a weak economy in
the Midwest. The Hollis’s had to work long and hard just to make ends meet.
Aside from his vested interest in his stores, it was very important to Matt to secure a
college education for each of his children; yet, lately, the uncertainty of the business
made this goal seemingly less attainable. The eldest, James, was entering his sophomore
year at Boston University. The other children had also shown an interest in leaving
Centerville for college and had talked of settling elsewhere, too.
The Supermart Call
Two days ago, Matt received a call from Supermart. It had stunned him. Supermart had
plans to come to Centerville. It was still very much a community where everyone knew
everyone else and liked doing business at local stores.
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Bill Harrington, the executive responsible for development of Supermart in the Midwest
region, had called. He explained to Matt that Supermart was still in the planning stages
for moving into the Centerville area and was familiarizing itself with Centerville and the
surrounding area to determine how best Supermart could “penetrate” the area. He then
got right to the point: he wanted to recruit Matt to help in the planning of the store when
it opened. Supermart felt that utilizing a local businessman in this capacity would help
establish the new store and make the opening smoother. Supermart’s salary offer to
manage the new store would be over twice the amount Matt was currently taking out of
the business for family and personal expenses.
Matt thought this would radically alter both the business landscape and the civic identity
of the town. As a two-term president of the local merchant association, Matt knew how
important locally owned businesses were to Centerville and how they fostered a strong
community. Instead of profits being re-invested into the community, profits would now
end up in some state two thousand miles away. Matt also thought about the employment
consequences of Supermart moving in. He, along with numerous other local business
people would inevitably be driven out of business. Although Matt knew that many could
expect to find jobs in the new store, he also knew not everyone laid off could be absorbed
by Supermart; many would be left without jobs. Matt also thought about how his decision
would affect his own standing in town. Many would blame him for the failure of several
long-standing businesses and for helping to create so much uncertainty in the community.
Matt quickly envisioned the option of organizing a united front to block Supermart’s
arrival. He knew several members on the city council and was close friends with the
mayor. As a leader of the merchant community, maybe he could rally the town and city
council to pass an ordinance effectively blocking Supermart.
Matt also knew that if he didn’t take the general manager position then someone else
would. Or Supermart might just send one of their own people to open and manage the
The Meeting
Bill had asked Matt if he could meet with him. He wanted to meet close to Centerville,
but not in the town, so as to avoid any exposure of Supermart’s plans to the local
community. Matt was to call him back so that they could set up a meeting to discuss his
decision. As he thought about calling, his future, his family’s future, and the
community’s future weighed heavily on his mind.
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In no more than three (5) pages address the following:
Analyze this case utilizing the “stakeholder analysis” by providing the
Identify the stakeholders.
Assess and explain the “nature” of each stakeholder’s interest in Matt’s
decision by explaining whether each stakeholder would be: for Supermart,
against Supermart, “mixed” (could be for or against), or have a marginal
interest (would not care either way whether Supermart came to town).
Assess and explain the type of power each stakeholder may have in Matt’s
decision in these three categories: financial power, voting power or legal
Identify possible stakeholder coalitions that could be formed.
2. Explain the course of action you would take if you were in Matt Hollis’ position.
Incorporate in your answer two (2) or more of the following concepts: utilitarianism,
universalism, rights and justice.

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